Kanye West took to twitter on America’s birthday,4th July,to make the announcement.His wife,Kim Kardashian West seemed to confirm the news as she retweeted his post with an American flag emoji.
We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 5, 2020
This is not the first time he’s talked about running for office.West hinted at a 2020 presidential run during the 2015 VMA Awards after he was given the Video Vanguard Award by Taylor Swift, according to The Hollywood Reporter.He also talked about it during an event this past November when he said:”When I run for president in 2024, we would’ve created so many jobs that I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk.”
West has raised eyebrows for years with his support for president Trump and has even talked about how he would have voted for Trump in 2016,had he voted at all. He has praised Trump in various TV and radio interviews and sported one of the president’s MAGA hats in public on occasion.
However,Kanye changed his position and distance himself from the controversial politician.In late 2018,he tweeted about his realizing that he had been used to spread messages he did not believe in and was now completely focusing on being a creative.
My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!
— ye (@kanyewest) October 30, 2018
West’s decision to run is something of a late registration. He would have to register as an independent in several states to make his way to the ballot since he is unlikely to unseat Trump as the Republican Party nominee or former Vice President Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic Party nominee.He would have to run as an independent candidate,which comes with its own requirements.
According to BallotPedia:
“Generally speaking, an independent presidential candidate must petition for placement on the general election ballot in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C. A handful of states may allow an independent candidate to pay a filing fee in lieu of submitting a petition. The methods for calculating how many signatures are required vary from state to state, as do the actual signature requirements. For instance, some states establish a flat signature requirement. Other states calculate signature requirements as percentages of voter registration or votes cast for a given office.”
There are a few states where West couldn’t register, including Texas, New York and Illinois, which are “three of the top six in terms of electoral college votes. There are several other deadlines coming up in the next couple weeks.” States also have various registration qualifications, including signatures and filing information. The other states include New Mexico, North Carolina, Indiana and Maine, per BallotPedia.
That said, another scenario could see West running on his own and make a play for the write-in spot but 33 states require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. In nine states, write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. The remaining states do not require presidential write-in candidates to file special paperwork before the election.
Regardless, it’s possible that West — if he does run and register in available states — could impact the 2020 election, though, taking votes from either Trump or Biden.